Manipur Government Amends Municipal Law and Approves Opening of New Offices

Imphal: The Manipur cabinet decided to change municipal laws, open new transport offices in four districts and develop the INA complex in Moirang. The first full Cabinet meeting was held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Thursday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh also made several decisions. Cabinet discussed amendment of Manipur Land Use Planning Act 1975 and engagement of Bhopal School of Planning and Architecture for preparation of GIS-based master plan for the supply of urban amenities.

The Cabinet approved the modification of the building regulations of the Municipal Corporation of Imphal in order to facilitate an orderly development. To promote integrated and sustainable land development of urban areas by providing facilities such as affordable housing, parks, open spaces, etc., the government has approved the implementation of the Transferable Development Rights (TDR) Policy of Manipur Urban Area, 2022. To develop the INA Headquarters at Moirang as a major tourist heritage site, Cabinet approved the purchase of land for road expansion and others.

To serve as a platform for the operation and maintenance of the assets of the Department of Tourism, the Council of Ministers discussed a selection of Private Partners on the PPP mode. The Cabinet also revised the VAT rate for aviation jet fuel to 1pc for 10 years. The Cabinet has also decided to put in place an Aadhaar link for all financial aid schemes implemented in the state to ensure that the benefits of the schemes reach the targeted beneficiaries. The cabinet also discussed the establishment of an international cancer hospital in Moreh as part of the state government’s plan to develop the city of Moreh as a gateway to Southeast Asia. . The Cabinet decided to open district transport offices in Chandel, Tamenglong, Jiribam and Tengnoupal in view of the difficulties faced by the inhabitants of the districts.

Modernization of ISBT, Khuman Lampak on PPP model was also discussed. Further, the Cabinet decided to strengthen the implementation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, MGNREGS and NFSA. To improve the electric mobility ecosystem and promote the use of electric vehicles, the Cabinet has approved the Manipur Electric Mobility Policy 2022. To create employment opportunities and further develop the IT and ITES sector in Manipur, the Cabinet approved the adoption of Manipur Information Technology Policy 2022 and IT SEZ Policy 2022. Cabinet approved the improvement of roads in and around the areas of Grand Imphal, District Headquarters etc., as part of the 100 day action plan.

In addition, the Cabinet has decided to introduce an additional performance security for civil works tenders to ensure that the quality of the work is not compromised. To ensure effective, efficient and responsive administration across the state, a new Transfer and Assignment Policy has also been approved. In addition, the Cabinet has also approved a mandatory biometric attendance system in all government offices, agencies, PSUs, etc. under the state government. A detailed framework and mechanism for the implementation of the oversight mission of the sub-division has been approved. In order to ensure systematic and sustainable development of the districts, the Cabinet has decided to set up a committee at the district level which will be chaired by a senior officer.

The State Cabinet has approved the launch of the Chief Minister’s Menstrual Hygiene Program with the aim of raising awareness and empowering adolescent girls with a focus on rural areas. Considering the strategic importance and opportunities for the state, as a gateway to ASEAN under India’s Act East policy, the Cabinet has approved the Manipur Integrated Logistics Policy, 2022 to expand and streamline state logistics infrastructure. The meeting brought together Ministers Thongam Biswajit, Yumnam Khemchand, Govindas Konthoujam, Nemcha Kipgen, Awangbow Newmai, Letpao Haokip, Dr Sapam Ranjan, L. Sushindro, Heikham Dingo, Thounaojam Basanta and Khasim Vashum.